5 Amazing Future Technologies
Number 1: Samsung are developing a new Wi-Fi standard at 60GHz, which they tout as 802.11ad and allows data transfer speeds of 4.6 gigabits per second. That translates as a 10 fold speed increase over existing wi-fi standards. A user could transfer a 1GB movie in less than 3 seconds. They could even stream uncompressed HD movies to mobile devices with no delay. They achieve this by eliminating co-channel interference. We could see full scale commercialisation of this technology in smart home products as early as the beginning of next year.
Number 2: Flexible displays are no doubt going to change the way we interact with our smartphones and tablets forever. We’ve all heard of the notorious iPhone 6 Plus bendgate situation, well just imagine if bending was a feature and not a flaw of your device. Bendable smartphones and tablets would mean they could be folded in two, thus reducing their footprint in half. You could carry a 10-inch tablet in your pocket quite easily. If the device could be made as slim as paper, we could finally see touchscreen devices resemble newspapers and magazines. There have been plenty of prototypes already demonstrated over the past few years. Expect major developments in this field really soon.
Number 3: Cloud computing will reach new heights. I’m not in favour of devices like Chromebooks because they rely too heavily on online services. You have to ask what happens when you’ve got no internet connection or if cloud hosting companies and online services are discontinued or go out of business. In the future we can expect more and more of the computational power of our laptops, tablets and desktop machines to be handled by render farms in the cloud. This will likely drive down the specifications and prices of our devices significantly, while increasing things like monthly and yearly cloud rendering and cloud storage fees. Our machines will become little more than dumb terminals.
Number 4: Self-Driving Cars will likely take off in some countries, but will create a legal minefield in others. The truth is, if there are even so much as a handful of accidents and or road deaths associated with auto pilot systems in self-driving vehicles, the question as to who shoulders the blame will be a difficult one to answer. Is it the driver who should have taken back control of the car from the automated system, is it the maker of the software or the car manufacturer? Endless litigation will likely lead to bans of driverless vehicles and autopilot technologies in many countries.
Number 5: Wearable devices and medical-related technologies will be more health-focused in the future. It’s likely that trips to your local GP for medical care will be greatly reduced. We’re already starting to see smartwatches and smartphones being able to monitor our heart rates, calories burned, steps taken and even our sleep. You can expect to see these devices become capable of conducting more complex health examinations of their users and make lifestyle suggestions and diagnoses not unlike a Star Trek-style Medical Tricorder.
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